The guitarist and singer Doc Watson, winner of seven Grammy and pioneer of folk and “bluegrass” Americans, has died at age 89 at a hospital in North Carolina, CNN reported.
Watson died while trying to recover from two complicated operations of the colon that was submitted last week, according to Mary Katherine Aldin chain, spokesman for the recording musician, “Folklore Productions”.
Known for his technique with the pick of the guitar, Watson is quoted often by folk musicians as an influence because of its mix of “bluegrass”, “blues”, “country” and “gospel”. The guitarist, who was blinded as a child, began his career in 1960 with recordings of traditional tunes like “Deep River Blues” and “Shady Grove”.
“The immense talent and spirit of Watson was cast tremendously less, and send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those who inspired his music,” said Neil Portnow said in a statement, the president of The Recording Academy, an institution delivering the Grammy Awards.